Virus testing in Newport Beach

Virus testing in Newport Beach

A higher case rate and testing positivity rate in Orange County’s hardest hit cities is in part preventing the region from progressing into the orange tier from the red tier, which it has been in for five weeks now.

The state-mandated health equity metric—the third metric used to monitor when county’s can reopen businesses and gatherings—was added last week in an effort to monitor disadvantaged neighborhoods and make sure these areas do not lag behind the overall county test positivity. It is also required to make targeted investments in these areas to mitigate disease transmission.

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Testing positivity in these neighborhoods improved slightly in the past week, decreasing from 6.6% to 6.5%.

This is higher than the county-wide testing positivity of 3.5%, which increased this week from 3.2%, but is still within the orange tier requirements of 2% to 4.9%.

The county has a case rate of 4.6 average daily cases per 100,000 residents, not yet meeting the orange tier requirements of one to 3.9 new daily cases per 100,000.

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